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April showers bring May 100 degree heat and deadly Africanized Honey Bees

The title to this one is only partially accurate. It may be only 90 degrees so far, but the real heat is on the way. I can feel it coming. But, click here if you think I am joking about the deadly Africanized Honey Bees.
Another weekend flew by and now we’re all back to the grind. April came and went pretty fast. I think the months really do go back quicker as you get older. Or, maybe we spend so much time wishing Monday-Thursday would fly by that we wish our whole lives away. I’ll try to consider how I can slow down and just enjoy Tuesday – conference calls and all. If I figure out how to do that, I’ll let you know.

All of our television shows are coming to an end for the summer. I’m kind of glad. I like drifting through the weeks with nothing to watch. I get so far behind on the DVR that it becomes a burden to try and catch up. I did sign up for Netflix and I got one of those Roku boxes so we can spend some of the free time this summer watching all the television we’ve missed. I’ve be…

Free Stern Looks Available Here

I made it to my consultation with the ENT about my new problem – my new cyst that needs to be removed. I can’t even remember now all of the little moles and things that have been removed over the years and I have never had a winner (the big C) luckily.

The good news is that the ENT confirmed what my GP said – this one most likely will not be a winner either. But, it still needs to come off and this one will effect my speech for up to a week so we penciled it in for Friday, May 11th so I can deal with the worst of it over the weekend. This one was caused by an injury. I apparently bit my tongue sometime around Christmas. I always knew that Christmas ham was dangerous. So, scar tissue formed, blah, blah, blah. So annoying. I have to get numbed and sliced. It will be a hoot, I am certain. My family will appreciate the silence and will deem it a vacation week.

I can also get some botox when I go back because it appears to really cut down on stern looks. I think my face is sometimes frozen …

New AM Radio–Sony ICF-S10MK2

I made a rare purchase and purchased a brand new AM radio at Walgreens this week. It is the Sony ICF-S10MK2 and it was on sale for $9.99. I believe it is normally $11.99 so I saved a big two dollars on this purchase.

I’ve read a lot about this radio on listening hobby sites. Most people want a little radio like this so they can listen to rare, distant stations late at night. My goal was to recreate the experience I had with a little transistor radio back when I was growing up and I achieved that goal. First of all, the radio is mono. I happen to still have a mono earplug that works perfectly with it. If you plug in stereo headphones, you’ll only get sound on the left.

There is something to be said for listening in mono. That leaves me an ear free to hear the kids if they wake up and start stirring around. It was handy when I was growing up so I could hear if my parents were up and about to catch me listening to AM radio at 2AM. I had a few close calls.

Just last night, I was listening to…

Two legacies end in one day

Within one hour, news broke that Pat Summit, coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols had stepped down and Dick Clark, we all know who he is, had died.

Pat Summit is a legend here and that legend status is far beyond sports. I saw her in person several times in the early 90’s. She was a force. That glare even burned through me a few times. She was incredible to watch and listen to. It’s amazing to consider the lives she touched over her almost 40 years coaching. It’s sad to see this chapter end the way it has.

And, how many lonely New Year’s Eve nights did I spend at home with Dick Clark? So many that I am still embarrassed to admit it. I even watched American Bandstand on Saturday mornings. Think of all of the great music that no one else was putting on national television when Dick Clark did it. Talk about being instrumental in the civil rights moment.

Let’s not forget the fabulous blooper shows that were the predecessor of a little thing called YouTube. This man did it all and …

One small leap for sanity

Oh, what a day. I finally decided to tackle my Acer netbook screen problem this afternoon. It’s 3 or 4 years old and had developed a weird short in the display connector over the last year. The screen would keep getting brighter or dimmer (it was always random) any time I would type or really even touch the thing. It was just about unusable when I retired it to the shelf with all of the other relics and parts.

So, where is the sanity in this story? I took the whole thing apart and found that most of the connectors were brittle and appeared to be corroded. To me, it’s the kind of corrosion I would expect in a tropical environment but that is not a problem here. I’m thinking it is just cheap parts. 

I had a choice to make. The “old me” (old being six months ago) would still be fighting with the thing and frustrated as all get out – recovering the worn connector wire, etc. – until I got it back together and maybe usable. The “new me” looked at the mess and immediately threw it into the re…

The extremely late-adopter finally installs Instagram

I don’t know what took me so long. I already annoy those who follow me on Twitter with an annoying stream of random pictures. But now I can take those pictures and glam them up a bit with the different filters. I can also feel good knowing that my joining will validate Facebook’s billion-dollar check as money well spent. I’m also a part of something that most people have already cooled their jets on. I hit the follow all button on every person that popped up in my Twitter and Facebook lists and only one person regularly posts.

So, what was the subject of my very first Instagram picture?

Don’t worry. I ‘m not just going to post pictures of Waffle House. I go other places also.

I cannot tell what you say green leaves, but you certainly make me sneeze

This has been one of those weeks that made getting to the laptop long enough to write a meaningful blog post impossible.

Not only have we had stuff happening at church each night this week, but work has been particularly busy. Plus, I started off the week with the roof chaos.

A lot of good fodder to write about has happened in the news – Ann Romney (Can’t the democrats just shut up?), Rick Santorum (He finally shut up after making a rousing speech about sweater vests in which he compared himself to Lincoln), and the big D.O.J lawsuit against Apple and the book publishers. That’s the one that gets me since I work in a related industry plus I did work at Barnes & Noble a long, long time ago.

It amazes me how expensive eBooks are, especially since I have a long-term and extensive knowledge of how much cost is associated with distributing real books that are printed on real paper. The pressure should not be on the stores to reduce prices – the pressure should be on the publishers since t…


I don’t even know where to begin. I had Monday all calmly planned out. I had NO conference calls scheduled. I even almost had the kids to school on time. I could taste the iced coffee I was going to buy from Burger King on the way home when the roofers called – they had a cancellation and wanted to do my roof TODAY!

So, I got displaced suddenly from the home office with both crazy dogs and ended up at the auxiliary top secret backup home office location.

Look at that view! It’s suburban paradise. But, I forgot my coat so I froze for the first three hours. Then, the electric company shows up out of the blue at the auxiliary top secret backup home office location to put in brand new power poles! Isn’t that something that happens every day? So, they start drilling and everything is vibrating for two hours. The dogs go insane! And, the people at work must have been strung out on candy because they also seemed determined to drive me extra nuts today.

There is no escape from the craziness!!


Easter Baskets

A lot of people on Facebook and Twitter have been posting religious messages since last week as we approached Easter. That’s fine. I don’t join in because I try not to write anything important or meaningful on Facebook and I completely surprise myself when I end up occasionally doing it here.

For the kids, Easter is mainly about the Easter Bunny and Easter Baskets and my kids are close to the end of that age now. You know when that happens because clothes end up working their way into the picture. I’ve never met an Easter Bunny who delivered anything but candy and artificial grass so something is definitely up.

Here is Lindsay’s basket with clothes:

Here is Sara’s basket with clothes:

When I was a kid, I didn’t transition into clothes. I transitioned into albums. Yes, we had records. Go ahead and drag me into the Smithsonian. I was 10 years old (Sara’s age) when I got this album as part of my “transitional Easter”. It is still one of my favorite albums and it remains my favorite Easter gi…

Full rainbow, all the way! Double Rainbow!

I’m two years too late to make a stupid video where I freak out over this double rainbow.

This happened as a little thunderstorm just barely brushed us this afternoon.

This is part of the weather system that has caused my roof to be delayed until next week. We’re supposed to get quite a bit more rain tomorrow.

I’m not sure if double rainbows really are that rare. I don’t recall ever seeing one before but I really didn’t pay much attention until the double rainbow guy freaked out over them. I like listening to the song while looking at my pictures.

Cinnamon Sunday

I had all of these incredibly deep and thought-provoking ideas for the blog entry tonight and I had even written down some notes. But, I’m just too tired to write anything incredibly deep and thought-provoking.
So, I’m going to write about Cinnamon Crispas.

You might not remember Cinnamon Crispas. I loved them when I was a kid. By the time I started working at Taco Bell in 1991, they had been replaced with Cinnamon Twists. The Twists are pretty good (unless you get a stale batch) but they can’t touch the Crispas. I discovered that there is not much information about the Crispas on the internet. I guess there just isn’t much interest in a fast food product that has been discontinued for over 20 years. I did find this picture:

I wish that was on my living room wall.

Luckily for me, there is a restaurant right here where I live that has Cinnamon Crispas every Sunday as part of their lunch buffet. I go there for the Crispas. I barely eat the actual food. I grab a plate of Crispas along with m…